Self-proclaimed “prophet” and “seer”, Micah Turnbo—who is straight out of the heretical IHOPKC and the Kansas City Prophets movement—has amassed a huge following on social media, but his spectacle is more theatrical than theological. Brandishing titles like “Seer Prophet” and “Pastor of Prophetic Ministry” at Vineyard Church Northwest in Cincinnati, Ohio, Turnbo might seem convincing to those who simply want their ears tickled. However, for those deeply rooted biblical convictions, Turnbo’s claims ring hollow.
Turnbo’s background, according to his bio, includes growing up in a so-called “prophetic” family and attending schools like Cincinnati Christian University and International House of Prayer. Yet, he comes across as a performer—eager to tell his audience what they want to hear, rather than what they need to hear according to Scripture. In a recent post on Facebook, Turnbo claims that a woman who “transgendered” into a man and had her breasts removed later came to Christ, and God grew her breasts back.
Clearly, such a claim strains credulity to the breaking point, immediately raising red flags for anyone who approaches these matters with even a modicum of critical thinking. First off, these outlandish claims never come with any evidence—they are always hollow claims with no way to verify their veracity. In fact, in this case, the claim is that this person “wants to be anonymous for now.”
According to Turnbo, not only did this person find Jesus through his ministry and testimony, but God also miraculously restored her breasts. If you find this hard to believe, you’re not alone. Turnbo himself puts a dent in his own tale by insisting that this woman wants to “stay anonymous for now.” This explanation isn’t just convenient—it’s absurdly convenient. It’s as if Turnbo expects us to believe that someone who’s supposedly experienced a life-altering encounter with Christ would opt to keep such earth-shaking news under wraps. “No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.” —Luke 8:16
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Let’s look to the Bible to measure the credibility of Turnbo’s claims. In Scripture, those who encountered Jesus in a miraculous way couldn’t help but shout their testimonies from the rooftops. Take the man freed from demons in Mark 5, he went about publicly proclaiming his deliverance in the Decapolis—a group of ten cities—making anonymity the furthest thing from his mind. Then there’s the healed leper in Mark 1 who, despite Jesus’ instructions to keep quiet, spread the news like wildfire.
When we contrast these biblical examples with Turnbo’s conveniently anonymous miracle recipient, the discrepancies are glaring. If this story were true, and in line with the overwhelming scriptural accounts, wouldn’t we expect this person to be the first to publicly declare such a life-changing experience? The notion that someone would opt for anonymity after experiencing a genuine miracle from God strains credulity to its limits. Turnbo’s claim, therefore, not only lacks biblical support but is tailored more to bolster his own ministry than to glorify God.
“But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation from long ago is not idle, and their destruction is not asleep.” —2 Peter 2:1-3